Motion to Compel Arbitration Agreements

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Eighth Circuit: Delay In Asserting Right To Arbitrate And Using Litigation Machinery Results In Waiver

The plaintiff, a terminated employee, had signed a two year employment agreement and a separate arbitration agreement with a home décor company. The plaintiff was terminated after six months and sued the defendant in...more

Fishermen Avoid Being Caught In Arbitration’s Net

What are the defining characteristics of an arbitration agreement? The dissent in a new 9th Circuit case took on that vexing issue, while the majority sidestepped it altogether while refusing to compel arbitration....more

New York Appellate Division Reverses Order Compelling Arbitration And Reinstates Complaint Based Upon Terminated Agreement’s Forum...

New York’s First Department finds there was no clear manifestation parties had abandoned a forum selection clause by a later agreement which mandated arbitration in London. In 2000, the parties entered into two agreements:...more

Federal Courts Compels Arbitration Of Captive Insurance Dispute

Plaintiffs Capstone Associated Services, Ltd. And Capstone Associated Services (Wyoming), Limited Partnership (collectively, “Capstone”) brought suit against various defendants concerning the use of and rights to certain...more

California Court of Appeals Rules on Evidentiary Standard for Attributing an eSignature to the Signer

On April 22, the California Court of Appeals, Second District, reversed a trial court decision denying a defendant employer’s petition to compel arbitration pursuant an electronically signed arbitration agreement with an...more

First Department Finds Forum Selection Clause in Earlier Agreement Valid Despite Later Agreement Providing for Arbitration

In a 3-2 split decision, a New York appellate court determined that a forum selection clause providing for litigation in New York courts had not been explicitly terminated and thus trumped agreements to submit to arbitration...more

California Appeals Court Provides Guidance on the Use of Electronic Signatures by Employees

In many companies, new employees sign key documents and policies—including arbitration agreements—with the use of electronic signatures. There has been a growing trend in litigation brought by former employees to challenge...more

New York’s Highest Court Enforces Arbitration Provision in California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Agreement, Rejecting...

A recent ruling by the New York State Court of Appeals underscores the Federal Arbitration Act’s(“FAA”) strong policy favoring enforcement of arbitration agreements—even in the insurance industry and despite federal policy...more

“The ABC’S of ACB’S” – Arbitration Clauses in Bankruptcy Court

You’ve decided that your business will fare better if you put a mandatory arbitration clause into all of your contracts. You want to be fair to your counterparty, so you choose to arbitrate under the Federal Arbitration Act....more

Judgment in Maritime Arbitration Matter

Legal Principle - Even if a Bill of Lading does not expressly contain an arbitration clause it might refer disputes to arbitration through the charterparty which may include an arbitration clause. The reference to...more

Arbitration Plan Contained in Employee Handbook Enforceable? Not Without Savings Clause, Fifth Circuit Says

In Nelson v. Watch House International, L.L.C., (No. 15-10531), the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court decision dismissing an employee’s lawsuit against his employer and compelling arbitration. The Fifth...more

Class Actions and the Continued Significance of Arbitration Agreements

The recently released Carlton Fields 2016 Class Action Survey reports that class actions are up for the first time in four years. While data privacy class actions still make up a relatively small portion of class action...more

Ninth Circuit: Arbitration Provision Contained In Sham Agreement Is Not Enforceable

The Ninth Circuit reversed a district court ruling that had compelled arbitration, holding that a party may not enforce an arbitration agreement where the clause is contained in a nonbinding contract. The parties had entered...more

A Troubling Decision for Employment Arbitration Agreements with Potentially Ambiguous Language and What it Means for Employers...

On April 5, 2016, in a rare rebuke of an employment arbitration agreement by a federal court, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (Hon. Madeline Cox Arleo, U.S.D.J.) held that it would not compel...more

California Supreme Court Issues Pro-Arbitration Agreement Decision

On March 28, 2016, the Supreme Court of California issued another ruling on the enforceability of arbitration agreements. In Baltazar v. Forever 21, Inc. (S208345), the court considered the enforceability of an arbitration...more

FRANCHISOR 101: The Importance of Arbitration Provisions

Though some of the more important terms may appear early in a franchise agreement, some key terms placed near the end - the portion of the agreement that is often called "boilerplate" - may determine who wins or loses a legal...more

Appellate Court Reverses Order Granting Motion To Compel Arbitration

In a three paragraph memorandum decision, the Ninth Circuit has reversed an order of a district court granting a motion to compel arbitration. The Court held that the district court erred in holding that the non-movant,...more

Three Appellate Courts Remand for Trial on Existence of Agreement to Arbitrate

Most questions of arbitrability can be resolved on motion, using a summary judgment-like standard. However, just like summary judgment, if there are genuine disputes of material fact about whether a claim must be arbitrated...more

Arbitration Provision Which Completely Prohibited Any Discovery Enforced By NC Business court.

I don't draft arbitration provisions in agreements, but if I did I would not draft one like the one in Taggart v. Physicians Pharmacy Alliance, Inc. Not because it turned out to be unenforceable, but because it was found to...more

No Arbitration for Masseuse

The Tenth Circuit just ruled that an arbitration agreement between a massage student and her school was not enforceable, because it would not permit the effective vindication of the student’s statutory rights. Nesbitt v....more

Court Denies Party’s Motion To Compel Arbitration And Stay Court Proceedings Due To Party’s Waiver Of Arbitration Rights By...

A Colorado federal court denied a party’s motion to compel arbitration, finding that the party had previously waived its right to arbitrate the dispute by defaulting and failing to pay its share of arbitration fees in an...more

Interpreting Arbitration Agreements: Two Key Points from Recent Texas Supreme Court Decisions

The Texas Supreme Court recently added another opinion to its ever-growing body of law interpreting arbitration agreements. The opinion falls in line with prior decisions on two key issues: 1. what amounts to waiver of the...more

Federal Court Requires “Meeting of the Minds” To Enforce Arbitration Agreement Included in Employment Application

Last month, a federal court in Maryland denied an employer’s motion to compel arbitration even though the plaintiff executed an arbitration agreement the employer had included in the plaintiff’s employment application. The...more

Fenwick Employment Brief

Legislative Update - Governor Brown recently signed into state law the following employment law bills (among others): SB 358—Referred to as the California Fair Pay Act, this law is directed at closing the pay...more

Witnesses in Arbitration – California Arbitration Act (Part I)

Testimony and documents may be obtained in arbitration in accordance with the parties’ agreement, the applicable institutional arbitration rules and provisions of law (federal and state arbitration acts, as applicable). This...more

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